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Ukraine kickstarts European enlargement, just as US backs away

Ukraine kickstarts European enlargement, just as US backs away

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. It took a war to put the EU’s enlargement process back on the political agenda. For about a decade, enlargement was not an issue dominating the thoughts and agendas of European leaders. Instead, the bloc was focused on its own political problems and —...

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Every bill in the King’s Speech, reviewed and rated

Every bill in the King’s Speech, reviewed and rated

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. LONDON – This is the list of new laws Rishi Sunak hopes will save his skin come election-time. Tuesday’s King’s Speech — in which King Charles III read out the British government’s legislative agenda for the crucial pre-election term ahead — was packed with...

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Westminster’s most gruesome rivalries

Westminster’s most gruesome rivalries

LONDON — There are bad spirits lurking in Westminster this All Hallows’ Eve. More out of control than Frankenstein’s monster … more intense than the age-old battle between vampires and werewolves … and more un-killable than a swarm of flesh-eating zombies, these are the bitter rivalries that just can’t be doused in holy water and...

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EU Parliament chief to Ukraine: You should have ‘observer’ MEPs while you wait to join the bloc

EU Parliament chief to Ukraine: You should have ‘observer’ MEPs while you wait to join the bloc

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BRUSSELS — European Parliament President Roberta Metsola suggested that Ukrainian and Moldovan lawmakers could join the assembly as “observer” members while the two countries await formal accession into the European Union. The EU last year designated Ukraine and Moldova as official candidate countries, shortly...

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Welcome back, Donald: EU sighs in relief over Poland election results

Welcome back, Donald: EU sighs in relief over Poland election results

BERLIN — Politicians across Europe cheered Sunday’s projected victory by Polish opposition forces — especially in Germany, the favorite target of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party.   “I expect that Poland will become a constructive partner and that the change in government will strengthen its standing in Europe,” Terry Reintke, a German MEP who...

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Hard-right forces eye top EU jobs as Poland heads to the polls

Hard-right forces eye top EU jobs as Poland heads to the polls

BRUSSELS — Europe’s right wing, embodied in the European Conservatives and Reformists, is flying high. As Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki eyes potential reelection in Poland on Sunday and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni remains firmly in power in Italy, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party is considering joining forces with the two ECR...

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Israel’s Gaza evacuation order will change EU minds, Palestinian envoy says 

Israel’s Gaza evacuation order will change EU minds, Palestinian envoy says 

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BRUSSELS — Israel’s order to more than 1 million Palestinians living in the north of Gaza to immediately evacuate their homes will turn Europeans against the war, the Palestinian Authority’s top diplomat in Brussels predicted on Friday. On Friday, the Israeli army ordered Palestinians to...

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Israel is acting against international law, says Borrell

Israel is acting against international law, says Borrell

BRUSSELS — The EU’s top diplomat said Israel’s actions in Gaza already may have breached international law, as he underlined the need for the EU to continue funding the Palestinian Authority in the wake of a Hamas attack on Israel Saturday.  “The right for self defense has to be done within international law,” the EU’s...

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Greens slam von der Leyen over plan to not run as MEP

Greens slam von der Leyen over plan to not run as MEP

BERLIN — The European Green Party on Friday sharply criticized Ursula von der Leyen for her plan to potentially stand for a second term as president of the European Commission without running for election in the European Parliament. POLITICO reported Thursday how von der Leyen told her local branch of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in...

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Von der Leyen won’t stand as MEP candidate in shot at second term

Von der Leyen won’t stand as MEP candidate in shot at second term

BERLIN — Ursula von der Leyen won’t run in Germany for a seat in the European Parliament in next year’s EU election — but may nevertheless become the center right’s lead candidate for a second term as president of the European Commission. The German politician told her local branch of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)...

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What Ursula von der Leyen said vs. what she meant

What Ursula von der Leyen said vs. what she meant

BRUSSELS — Ursula von der Leyen’s State of the Union address on Wednesday hit several strong rhetorical notes, from soaring invocations of historical destiny to a touching anecdote about a Ukrainian mother who fled to Europe with her son. For the European institutions, which say “strategy” frequently and practice it rarely, this was big-picture stuff. It...